Case Study Collection



Participants of the Teaching Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis with Case Studies short course have developed a collection of case studies, each focusing on learning goals critical for understanding and practicing S-E synthesis. These case studies provide information about the case itself, detailed teaching notes, and all materials to be used with students in the activity. Many provide suggestions for ways to modify the activities to suit different time constraints, levels, or course goals. The durations of these cases range from a small number of class periods to entire semesters. Several of these cases have been tested in the classroom and/or peer reviewed.

Unless otherwise noted in the case studies, reproduction of these materials is authorized for non-profit/non-commercial educational use only. All reproduction or distribution must provide full citation of the original work and provide a copyright notice as follows:

“Copyright 2015, by the authors of the material, with license for use granted to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. All rights reserved.”

Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of SESYNC.

Case Study Collection
Western Alaska Salmon Revolt
Author(s): Megan V. McPhee

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Elephants, Poachers, and Ecotourism
Author(s): Caroline Appleton

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Minnesota Wolf Hunt
Author(s): Alison Wallace, Teresa Shume, Shawn Garrett, Steve Lindaas

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

People, Pigs, and Tigers in Shangri-La
Author(s): James Lassoie

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Do Good Seawalls Make Bad Neighbors?
Author(s): Steven B. Scyphers, Rachel K. Gittman, Jonathan H. Grabowski

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Water and the Zuni Land and People
Author(s): Kelly M. Cobourn, Edward R. Landa, Gail E. Wagner

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been peer-reviewed and accepted in the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science's case study collection.

Ecosystems, Economics, and Equity in the Floodplain
Author(s): Sandra Laurine Cooke, Alicia Claire Lloyd, Adelle Dora Monteblanco, Silvia Secchi

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa
Author(s): Narcisa Pricope, Susan Caplow, Andrea E. Gaughan

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been peer-reviewed and published in the National Center for Case study Teaching in Science.

Pollinators in Chicago
Author(s): Kelly Garbach, Tania Schusler, Ping Jing, Dustin Herrmann

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. 

Harnessing Wastewater for Renewable Energy
Author(s): Aaron Adalja, Chalida U-tapao

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Pages